My adult daughter and I did 3 nights at this camp and enjoyed it thoroughly. This Wilderness Safaris camp is well managed and does exactly what you want a high end safari camp to do. Our guide, Charles, was excellent. All food and wine, very good.
Their schedule is, early continental breakfast at about 6:00 AM with a game drive to start about 6:30. Return from game drive at about 11:00 for brunch and after brunch, siesta until tea at 3:00, too much food, then game drive with sundowners and snacks at sundown with a night drive to return to camp for supper.
Briefly, a couple of highlights: the first evening we were having drinks and snacks by a water hole when a group of hyenas, 4 or 5, began moving toward us, getting closer and closer. I was clicking pictures in the increasing darkness and gulping beer and when they got really close Cherles shined a light on them and they retreated a bit only to start approaching again. They are big. I think they smelled the snacks. Cool.
One morning we pulled up to a water hole and there was a female lion drinking. We parked in the shade and then the elephants started coming. Every minute or two a new group of 15 or 30 would emerge from the woods and go right to the water hole. We sat there for a long time taking pictures and having coffee and cookies and saw at least 400 elephants. Just wonderful.
The last night as we were returning to camp in the dark we noticed a camp fire, but it was not in the correct place. It was right by the water hole. To our surprise we pulled right up to the fire and there was a buffet supper set up for us right there in the open. We could hear hyenas and other animals calling and we were surrounded by elephants. If the elephants got a little too close the guides shined their lights and the elephants moved on, but there was an unending parade of elephants, some trumpeting. The whole thing was just grand. The next morning we asked Charles if the bush dinner was part of the normal routine and he said they do not do it for everyone because some people would think it was too dangerous and would be uncomfortable. I guess somehow my daughter and I and the other guests made the cut on the fearless or foolhardy index.
By the way, there is plenty of solar power for lights in the rooms and a battery charging station.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Charming and intimate, Little Makalolo's location in the south-east of Hwange lends it a sense of seclusion and remoteness. Nestled into the treeline, the camp overlooks a productive waterhole that draws large numbers of wildlife, observed up close from the log-pile hide. Elephant, buffalo, giraffe and zebra are regular visitors, while special sightings include sable, roan and eland. The area is best explored on game drives and guided walks, with special extras like an unexpected pizza or a night spent under the stars on the Madison Pan star-bed platform. • 6 tents (1 family) • game drives • nature walks • Madison Pan star-bed • log-pile hide • village visits ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Little Makalolo Safari Camp Hotel Hwange National Park